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The Spanish Civil War and the Catalan Origins of George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'
Date: 20 May 2010 Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Storey Gallery (Meeting House Lane, Lancaster), Auditorium
2010 Guest Lecture Series: Reciprocal Gazes on Catalonia
Professor Miquel Berga (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), Professor of English Literature and former Dean of Humanities
The Spanish Civil War and the Catalan Origins of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
Joint event organised by 'Litfest' and 'Peripheral Identities' research group, DELC, Lancaster University
Miquel Berga is a well-known Orwell scholar who has published extensively on the representations of the Spanish Civil War in English literature. Among his most celebrated books are George Orwell and Spain and John Langdon-Davies, an Anglo-Catalan Biography.
In this paper Berga sheds light on Orwell's experiences in revolutionary Barcelona as key historical background to his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. This paper will also discuss in context the photographic representations of the Civil War, particularly with regard to the only photograph which exists of George Orwell in Barcelona, discovered by Berga among the pictures taken by Agusti Centelles prior to his exile in 1939.
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: Frederic Barbera
Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures
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